THE UPPER TEIGN
(Text taken from Upper Teign Fishing Association)
This is a noted game fishing river in South West England. High in the moors of the Dartmoor National Park, this Devon stream has two sources which form the North and South Teign. The two branches of the river drop down from the moor to join near Chagford and the river soon plunges into the dramatic wooded gorge which starts beneath Castle Drogo and continues for about seven miles past Fingle Bridge and on to Clifford Bridge near Dunsford.
From there it continues south to its estuary at Newton Abbot and on to the sea at Teignmouth. With its moorland origins, the Teign rises quickly after rain and falls equally quickly, so the salmon fishing is usually best for a relatively short period as the river drops after a flood.
Sea trout fishing is best in late spring and throughout summer, with night-time fly fishing accounting for most of the fish.
Fly fishing for wild brown trout can be enjoyed at any time in the season, with May and June usually offering the cream of the fishing.
Throughout its length, the Teign is a salmon, trout and sea trout river and much of it is available to the visiting angler. About 12 miles of the picturesque upper reaches are controlled by the Upper Teign Fishing Association and can be fished by members or by visitors who purchase a permit.
This attractive fishery is completely in the Dartmoor National Park and includes stretches in the National Trust’s Castle Drogo estate and the Dunsford Nature Reserve, a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
Fishing The Upper Teign
The Upper Teign Fishing Association controls the majority of the fishing.
Temporary membership permits
Salmon, sea trout and brown trout
£20.00 per day. Upstream of Fingle Bridge. 24 hours.
Adult £12.50 per day, £45 per week.
Junior 16 or under: £5 per day, £10 per week. Brown trout permits valid for all Association waters.
Please note that there are no reductions for junior salmon or sea trout tickets.
- The Fingle Bridge Inn. Drewsteignton
- Bowdens, The Square, Chagford.
- The Exeter Angling Centre, Smythen Street, Exeter.
- Drewsteignton Post Office.
- Cheriton Bishop Post Office.
- Orvis, 18 Cathedral Yard, Exeter.
- Dunsford Post Office.
- The White Hart Hotel, Moretonhampstead
- Mill End Hotel, near Chagford
- Crediton Fly Fishing Shop, 2 Parliament Square, Crediton
PLEASE NOTE ALSO: The West Country Angling Passport roving vouchers are legal tender here – the voucher box being at the Fingle Bridge Inn EX6 6PW
Annual subscription £190. Full season for salmon, sea trout and brown trout on all Association waters. There is a joining fee of £190 for full membership.
There is a limit to the numbers of full members and priority is given to trout members wishing to upgrade to full membership. However, new applicants for full membership can go straight to full membership if any vacancies are not taken up by trout members.
Annual subscription £85. Full season for brown trout on all Association waters, with membership advantages. There is a joining fee of £42.50 for trout membership.
Annual subscription £5 for 10 to 13 years (inclusive), £10 for 14 to 16 years (inclusive). Full season for salmon, sea trout and brown trout on all Association waters.
There are vacancies for trout members and junior members.
Enquiries about membership to the Membership Secretary – Chris Hall, Higher Sticklepath Farm, Belstone, Okehampton, EX20 1RD.
Books of three guest permits for full members’ guests to fish the whole water when in the company of a full member are available at £25.
A maximum of 2 books (6 permits) may be purchased in any one season.
Trout member permits for salmon and sea trout
Trout members can purchase a book of six permits to fish for salmon and sea trout above Fingle Bridge at £70. Only one book per season.
Guest permits and trout member permits for salmon and sea trout can be obtained from Richard Jackson. Tel:077088663